Manzanita - The board of directors of the Hoffman Center will host a public workshop 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Grove Community House in Manzanita. Arts, culture and education groups from the entire North Coast are welcome to attend.

The Hoffman Center, a planned arts and cultural center, will be located at 595 Laneda Ave.

The late Lloyd and Myrtle Hoffman donated their property to be developed as a benefit of the community.

"The purpose of this important public workshop is to develop the uses and goals for a new Hoffman Center building," said board president Stewart Martin. The board recently hired architect Bud Oringdulph, connected with Manzanita for decades, who is nationally recognized for innovative design of theaters, art studios and community centers.

"Bud will lead our community from its early vision and recent committee work through a creative process to design the best space possible," said Martin.

"We encourage all users to come - artists, writers, musicians, actors, performers, educators - both local and regional - to be there and contribute their ideas," said Oringdulph.

"This will be an opportunity for everyone to offer their ideas to the architects and the board in a dynamic exchange," added artist and board member Kathleen Ryan.

"Also invited are those who want to learn more - volunteers, civic leaders, second homeowners and potential contributors," said Vice President David Dillon. "It will require the support and involvement of our whole community to build this new cultural center," said Dillon.

More information about the workshop and the Hoffman Center is available at (www.hoffmancentermanzanita.org), by phone at (503) 368-3846 or by mail at P.O. Box 678, Manzanita, OR 97130.

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